Richard Bacon is OUT of an eight-day coma after being ‘close to death’

The TV presenter fell ill on a flight

Richard Bacon

by Emma Dodds |
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TV presenter Richard Bacon is reportedly out of a medically-induced coma after falling ill whilst on a plane back to the UK.

The former Blue Peter host has been in a coma for eight days after being diagnosed with pneumonia following a bout of illness on a plane back home from the US.

Thankfully, Richard's mum, Christine Bacon, has now confirmed that whilst he isn't yet "fully conscious," he is out of harm's way after the family were left fearing for his life.

Christine told the Mansfield Chad, "He was having a lot of oxygen ventilation, a lot more than a normal person would need, through a pipe, as well as lot of anti-biotics.

"They kept him like that for a week and we hadn’t left his side, at one point we really felt we might lose him."

Christine went on to say that they were given a ray of hope when Richard's temperature came down on Wednesday night (11th July), and doctors were able to give him breathing assistance and take him off the sedation.

She told the publication, "It was such a relief when he opened his eyes, although his not responding to us very well yet we can see that he is getting better.

"The doctors have said that he is very distressed and confused after being in a coma for a week, which you can understand, and that we need to keep talking to him and reminding him of where he is.

"There’s a long way to go yet, but this is a very positive step and it has eased my mind."

Richard was rushed off his plane after feeling ill during the flight home, and was immediately rushed to Lewisham A&E in south east London, where doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia - "swelling of the tissue in one or both lungs, usually caused by a bacterial infection," according to the NHS.

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